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Poinsettia Bowl

No. 19 San Diego State wins the old-fashioned way — with ball control and great running backs

No. 19 San Diego State wins the old-fashioned way — with ball control and great running backs

A real football dinosaur.

The kind of guy who believes in running between the tackles and playing tough defense.

The term “ball control” is music to his ears and he doesn’t much cotton to newfangled rules that protect a scrambling quarterback.

“I really dislike when quarterbacks slide,” he says. “I think quarterbacks are football players, they shouldn’t be baseball players sliding into second base.”

If you suggest to Rocky Long that time has passed him by, he nods and smiles and says you might be right. But in this era of spread offenses and video-game scoring, the San Diego State coach has found a way to make his traditional views pay off.

His Aztecs have...

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